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The Best DIY Succulent Planter Ideas

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Succulent plants are incredibly popular both indoors and out because of their low maintenance and huge variety of plants. So how can you put a touch of your own creativity for either your outdoor or indoor succulent garden? Creating your very own succulent planters!

Here are some great ideas from content creators who know their way around DIY projects! Whether you’re a natural green thumb or just dipping your toe into keeping plants alive, check out any of these fun planters, as well as some helpful tips for planting and growing succulents. 

What are Succulents?

Succulent plants are a group of plants that have thick, fleshy tissues, which allow them to store water. (Think about aloe vera leaves.) These plants have evolved to survive in arid or semi-arid environments with low rainfall, much like cacti. 

The water storage capacity in their leaves, stems, or roots enables them to endure periods of drought. Succulents come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are often prized for their unique and attractive appearance.

Common examples of succulents include aloe vera, cacti, jade plants, and echeverias. Due to their ability to thrive in dry conditions and their distinctive aesthetic qualities, succulents have become popular choices for indoor and outdoor gardens, as well as in various decorative arrangements. For those gardeners who think they have a black thumb, succulents can be the answer they are looking for! 

Easy Care Tips for Succulents

No matter what kind of planter you’re using, taking care of indoor succulents is relatively easy. Here are five tips to help you keep your succulents healthy:

  1. Good drainage: Use a well-draining soil mix designed for succulents instead of regular potting soil. This helps prevent waterlogging, which is crucial for succulents as they are prone to root rot in overly moist conditions.
  2. Watering: Succulents prefer infrequent but deep watering. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions. Overwatering is a common issue, so be cautious not to water too frequently.
  3. Sunlight Exposure: Place your succulents in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Most succulents thrive in sunlight but can get sunburned if exposed to intense, direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Adjust their placement based on their individual light requirements.
  4. Proper Pot Size: Choose pots with drainage holes to ensure excess water can escape. Additionally, select a pot size that is appropriate for the size of the succulent. A pot that is too large can retain excess moisture, leading to problems.
  5. Temperature Considerations: Succulents generally prefer warmer temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Keep them away from drafts and extreme temperature fluctuations. Most succulents thrive in temperatures between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C).

Remember to keep an eye on your succulents and adjust care practices based on their specific needs.

Tips for Planting Succulents

Before you decide on which DIY planter you’d like to use, check out these quick tips for planting into these indoor succulent planters. These are true whether you’ve purchased a plant from a local store or gotten a succulent cuttings from one of your friend’s favorite succulents. 

  1. Use Well-Draining Soil: Succulents dislike sitting in waterlogged soil, so it’s crucial to use a well-draining potting mix. You can create your mix using equal parts of regular potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. This mixture allows excess water to drain quickly, preventing root rot, or use a pre-made Succulent Potting Mix like this one. 
  2. Choose the Right Pot and Container: Select pots or containers with drainage holes to ensure proper water drainage or some type of buffer at the bottom. This helps prevent water from accumulating at the bottom, reducing the risk of overwatering. Additionally, choose a container that provides enough space for the succulent to grow, but avoid pots that are excessively large, as they can retain too much moisture.
  3. Allow for Adequate Spacing: When planting multiple succulents in the same container, be mindful of spacing. Give each succulent enough room to grow and spread out. This prevents overcrowding, which can lead to poor air circulation and increased humidity – conditions that succulents generally dislike.

By following these tips, you can create an environment that promotes healthy growth for your succulents. Keep in mind the specific needs of the succulent species you’re working with, as different types may have slightly different requirements. The plant tag your succulent came with or a quick internet search will help you with this info. Here’s a good article from Epic Gardening all about indoor succulent types. 

DIY Succulent Planter Ideas

If you’re looking for a way to display succulents using items you may already have or upcycling an existing pot, then I have some wonderful ideas for you! Each idea is linked to the original article with full instructions on how to create it! Enjoy and be inspired!

  • DIY Tin Succulent Planter (The Kitchen Garten): A few years ago I created this succulent tin planter out of a tin I’d had since childhood. I loved the colors of the tin and I knew it could easily hold a few small succulent plants. While I didn’t drill drainage holds in the bottom, I did use rocks to create a buffer so water wouldn’t sit right on the soil. Check it out!
tin filled with soil and succulents
  • DIY West Elm Inspired Succulent Planter (Ann’s Entitled Life): ​Easy to care for succulent plants are wonderful way to brighten up your planter shelf! This West Elm inspired planter is simple to make and is a perfect home addition. 
  • Mini Chalk Pots for Succulents (The DIY Dreamer): Learn how to make adorable mini chalk pots. They are easy to make and make wonderful gifts and can be made using spray paint or brushed on chalkboard paint. See the full tutorial for these cute garden pots!
  • DIY Hydrodipped Planter (The Kitchen Garten): ​This is a great way to use any terracotta pots you may have hanging around for lovely succulent planters. This method could also be used on smaller concrete planters or even ceramic pots. The color possibilities are endless as well. 
blue, pink, and purple dipped flower pot
  • DIY Hanging Succulent Planter (The Kitchen Garten): ​A simple ceramic bowl and an embroidery hoop combine to make this lovely hanging succulent planter, perfect for string of pearls or any other various succulents from your local garden center that happen to trail. This has been one of my favorite planters to date. 
blue ceramic bowl in embroidery hoop as a hanging succulent planter

So whether you’ve been growing succulents for a while or are just starting out, these fun and easy DIY succulent planter ideas will give you lots of inspiration for how to have beautiful planters for your succulents. 

​More DIY Planter Ideas

Need more ideas for caring for indoor plants or creating fun planters for use with any type of plant? Check out these other helpful posts: 

  • DIY Striped Planter: From an old terra cotta pot, use two coordinating colors to create a fun, new-to-you pot that can house any number of plants. This is an easy one day craft. 
  • Dollar Store Herb Garden: From our local dollar tree, we took this cheap metal planter and created a rustic herb garden in it. This is such a fun and creative way to age metal and have a productive herb garden at your fingertips. 
  • Mason Jar Herb Planter: If you have a quart mason jar laying around, then you can have an easy  herb planter ready to go. Find out how to transform a simple jar into a fun herb planter. Put a few together for a fun herb garden. 

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